Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

About the Listening Project The British Library Sound Archive


We are asking people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation with a loved one or relative. What you talk about is up to you.


The nation in conversation

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Station: BBC Radio 4

A survivor of Auschwitz reflects with her granddaughter on its impact on them both.

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Station: BBC Radio 4

Fi Glover with a conversation about the lasting impact of facing living death in Auschwitz

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Station: BBC Radio 4

Two friends share the stories of their grandmothers, who couldn't have been more different

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Station: BBC Radio 4

A vicar and his partner plan their wedding in spite of the Church's ban on gay marriage.

Funeral food - Anna and Tara

Funeral food - Anna and Tara

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Anna and Tara are cooks. They cook for occasions, but what’s right for a funeral?

Monks and money - Christopher and Thomas

Monks and money - Christopher and Thomas

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Christopher and Thomas have both chosen the monastic life. Why?

Monastery men - Christopher and Thomas

Monastery men - Christopher and Thomas

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Christopher and Thomas are monks at Buckfast. How has monastic life changed over time?

Mel and Garry: The Importance of Being First

Mel and Garry: The Importance of Being First

Station: BBC Radio Cumbria

Twenty four years on, Garry still regrets that his wife wasn't his first lover.

Far from home: Giulia and Claudia

Far from home: Giulia and Claudia

Station: BBC Radio 4

Friends Giulia and Claudia talk about their lives as English language students in Belfast.